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Subject: Favorite Julia Quinn Books
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 4:49 PM ET
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I just read What Happens In Londan and really loved it.  It's not often that a book makes me laugh out loud and is sweet at the same time.  I would like to read some more of her stuff.  What other Julia Quinn books would you recommend?

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 5:25 PM ET
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How to Marry a Marquis  was a gem.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 6:06 PM ET
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I agree with reacherfan...How to Marry a Marquis and it's companion, To Catch an Heiress, the best pair of her books.  Mr. Cavendish, I Presume and it's companion The Lost Duke of Wyndham are interesting because they tell the same story of two couples, one book from the perspective of one couple and the other book from the perspective of the other couple.  And Minx is my sentimental favorite of all her books.  It's the only one the made me cry!

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 6:53 PM ET
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My favorite one of hers is Romancing Mister Bridgerton.  Although, you really can't go wrong with any of the Bridgerton books.  In my opinion it's one of the best series ever!  But Romancing Mister Bridgerton is my fave.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 6:53 PM ET
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Romancing Mister Bridgerton was the first and best book I read by her. I finished it in a day. Brighter Than the Sun was also very charming. Both of these are from two different series, but I don't think you would be missing much reading them out of order.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 7:02 PM ET
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Romancing Mr Bridgerton is also my fav, but I recommend reading the others in that series first, because there is a bit of an ongoing mystery that's revealed in that book. I believe the order is The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman and then RMB.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 7:11 PM ET
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Her best ever, IMO is When He Was Wicked.  After that, I liked The Duke and I, Romancing Mr Bridgerton & The Viscount Who Loved Me.  I've read a lot of series by many popular authors, and comparitively, Quinn's Bridgerton series is consistently good.  There are a few I could have lived without - On The Way to The Wedding comes to mind:P

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 7:14 PM ET
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Kim, you just like When He Was Wicked because it is the steamiest ;)  And I agree with you about On The Way to the Wedding.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 7:20 PM ET
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"Kim, you just like When He Was Wicked because it is the steamiest ;)"

Lol.  True:P  And On The Way to The Wedding is not:P

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 11:43 PM ET
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I really enjoyed the Bridgerton series.

  1. The Duke and I
  2. The Viscount Who Loved Me
  3. An Offer from a Gentleman
  4. Romancing Mister Bridgerton
  5. Thirty-six Valentines (Novella in "The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown" anthology)
  6. To Sir Phillip, With Love
  7. The First Kiss (Novella in "Lady Whistledown Strikes Again" anthology)
  8. When He Was Wicked
  9. It's In His Kiss
  10. On the Way to the Wedding

I liked The Lost Duke of Wyndham, but could have thrown the concurrent Mr. Cavendish, I Presume across the room.

Colleen

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 12:24 PM ET
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The first 4 books in the Brigerton series are my favorites of her books.  They definitely have laugh out loud funny moments.

I also agree with Colleen about Mr Cavendish, I Presume :(

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 1:02 PM ET
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Awwww...you guys are killin' me here!  Mr. Cavendish was my first JQ and I was totally hooked by the second page.

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 1:32 PM ET
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I'm one of the oddballs too.  I read Cavendish first & really enjoyed it, and then couldn't get into Lost Duke:P

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 1:37 PM ET
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Thanks for all of the suggestions!  I have just ordered several of them.

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 3:10 PM ET
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Christa and Kim, I think the whole Lost Duke/Cavendish thing was just weird because I wasn't expecting a concurrent story with all the same events, just told from a different perspective (it was like deja vu all over again).

And I would have to agree, whichever book you read first, it's a good story. Like one of those movies that doesn't have the same impact after you've seen it once and you already know what is going to happen.

Colleen

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 6:16 PM ET
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That's a good point, Colleen.  Mr. Cavendish was the first purely Romance book I had read in many years, and it was so different than what I expected that I just ate it up. 

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 7:34 PM ET
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I also loved the Bridgerton series with When He Was Wicked being the best.  Lost Duke was a fairly good book but I did not like Mr Cavendish at all!!! 

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 12:01 PM ET
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"Her best ever, IMO is When He Was Wicked.  After that, I liked The Duke and I, Romancing Mr Bridgerton & The Viscount Who Loved Me.  I've read a lot of series by many popular authors, and comparitively, Quinn's Bridgerton series is consistently good.  There are a few I could have lived without - On The Way to The Wedding comes to mind:"

Same favorites, Kim.  Loved When He Was Wicked.  I wondered if some didn't like it because it was a departure from the normal lighter tone of the series, expecting the same.  And yeah, On the Way to the Wedding is my least favorite of hers, followed by the  Secret Diaries and the Lost Dukes.  Was  happy to find myself enjoying What Happens in London, silly and fun, and not disappointing like those last few.

 

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 3:45 PM ET
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I liked all the Bridgerton series books, but as usual, my favorite is different from everyone else's.....To Sir Phillip, With Love.   The only thing I did not like about the book was the title.  I loved the interplay between Phillip and the Bridgerton boys. 

I just started What happens in London and it is good ole Julia Quinn.  It makes me almost excuse the last Cavendish book which I was really disgusted with.

 

edited for misspelling bridgerton. yeesh.



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Date Posted: 8/28/2009 9:33 PM ET
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Pam (P.), When He Was Wicked has a lot more substance to it than her usual fluffy stuff, IMO.  Not that she doesn't fluff well:P  Compared to other fluffers, I'd say she's consistently better, but she's no Kinsale.  What she did do better than most fluffers with the Bridgerton series is keep it from becoming too repetitious.  Like Laurens & the Cynster series, which reminded me of 20 rewrites of the same fricking book:P   I liked the combination of angst & steam of WHWW, and I think The Duke and I probably comes closest to replicating that feel, with a sprinkling of comic relief thrown in.  Simon is a bit of a drama king (or duke) at times, but the scene where he gets drunk & grovels outside Daphne's bedroom door is pretty funny stuff.  Now see, Christa, my preferences are about more than just the sex:P



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Date Posted: 9/1/2009 6:24 PM ET
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Someone just posted all seven of the Bridgerton novels....http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/posted_today.php?l=100&ls=300

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 11:06 PM ET
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My favorite by Julia Quinn and my first was Brighter than the Sun.   I loved it and still do, it's a book I can pick up again and again and never tire of the story.   It the same way with JQ's Slpendid, Both are great reads.  But I don't really think you can go wrong with any of her books, except maybe the Lost Duke and Mr. Cavendish, those weren't my favorites. 

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 1:45 PM ET
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Did you all know that Quinn's written "2nd Epilogues" for 6 of her books?  I just saw them in the Sony bookstore for 1.99 each.  I think they're e-book format only, but those can be read on your computer with free software from Sony.  They're probably available other places too, but these are the ones I ran across.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 1:58 PM ET
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If you go to Julia Quinn's website, she provides info about the 2nd Epilogues with links to the e-publisher, HarperCollins. They offer the e-books for $1.59 each. They are in Adobe Digital Editions format. Not quite the same as Acrobat, the PDF reader. Digital Editions allows the publisher to digitally sign the file so it cannot be altered, duplicated, shared, etc.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 3:45 PM ET
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I read the 2nd Epilogue to When He Was Wicked and loved it.  I wish all the 2nd epilogues could be printed into a book.  I would be first in line to buy it.



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